Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,504 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of ksbrainard
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark garnet colored and not at all hazy. It is nearly black. There's a good head on there which slowly fades to a thin coating.

Smell: Musty and "brown". Whoah, I can smell alcohol very strongly. Behind that, or in between it, there may be some lightly browned caramel and some roasted grain. Man the alcohol is almost a nail polish remover smell.

Taste: Thick alcohol cough syrup is my first impression. The alcohol is warming my mouth down my throat all the way to my stomach. I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. It has a dark pruney flavor, with some bitter chocolate notes. But it is really hard to taste past the alcohol - and this is only 8%? This thing definitely has an imperial taste to it, and it is very heavy. It is a deep complex mix, and I feel as though I am missing something. I will cellar a few and they should mellow for next year.

Mouthfeel: I still feel like there's some in my mouth (but there is not). This beer is as thick as can be. It is really a little too much for me in the mouthfeel department.

Drinkability: Sit by the fire and realx, it might take you a while to finish this one. With its heavy alcohol presence and thick mouthfeel, this is a very enjoyable sipping beer. I might try it with a rich smoked chipotle barbeque dish, or maybe a spicy Chinese food. But it might be best by itself after dinner.

Photo of surlyseth
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like Avery offerings.
A: Dark..Red to purple highlights.
S: Earthy? Definitely something kind of funky. But in a good way.
T&M: It took me a couple sixers to really appreciate this one. Malty sweet, but enough of everything to go around.
D: A fantastic sipper. Even if it gets to room teperature.

Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger off white head that sticks around a bit. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes of malts, some raisins, a slight bit of coffee and almonds. Mouth-feel is smooth. This beer is quite drinkable with the alcohol being well-hidden at first with some slight heat at the end. I could have a few of these on a cold day like this.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass.

Appearance - Deep brown color, completely transparent. It has a quickly dissipating two finger head that left a thin halo around the edge of the glass. It leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

Smell - It smells very roasty. I can detect notes of roasted malt, caramel-like burnt sugar, chocolate, toffee and raisin. Very earthy smelling.

Taste - The taste is very similar to the scent. It is very roasty with flavors of cocoa powder, toffee, and raisin. There are floral hops in the back of the flavor, but the roasty nature of the beer takes the center stage.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, but on the lighter end of medium. The carbonation is a little low for my taste.

Drinkability - The drinkability is pretty good. It is a nice beer to drink on a cold night like tonight. If I reviewed this brew during the summer, the drinkability would have suffered greatly.

Not my favorite winter brew - I would reach for a Hibernation before this one any day.

Photo of far333
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with a finely bubbled head of thick foam that rises up a half-inch and leaves nice fingers of lace running up the glass as it recedes.

Rich aroma of toasted malt, caramel, bits of cocoa, and raisin.

Tangy tounguefeel upfront, has a rich flavor, but almost burnt malt or cocoa, perhaps accentuated by the alcohol. Other flavors of brown sugar and ripe fruit and oak mix in and out, tangy cherry and raisin rides in the finish, and a tart, again almost burnt, flavor sits in the back of the throat.

Rich mouthfeel, tingly on the tongue, full in the cheeks, slightly warming in the finish.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown in color with some bronze tints. Thin head that leaves no lacing. Not much to look at. Things start looking up at the first sniff. Roasted maltyness, nuts and some booze burn. Taste falls right into line with the smell. The taste is nice and solid but in the end it comes across somewhat subdued. Nothing really stands out and gives that wow sensation. Finishes dry with no aftertaste. Overall a solid beer that is worth trying but it didn't knock my socks off.

Photo of timbro81
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown with little to no cabonation. The coarse head was minimal and left quickly, no biggy though. Nice burned malty aroma. Taste is initially hoppy, piney and citrusy. However, it quickly reveals a healthy malty nutty backbone, nice and roasted. Nice mellow finish, doesn't linger too long. No real spice to it, seems more like a mild American barleywine. Overall it is a very good beer and I will be consuming more on these chilly nights we are starting to have.

Photo of biking4beer
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 edition.

Deep crimson in color. Pours a big tan head that quickly dissipates to a few big bubbles.

Spicy, caramel, raisin, alcohol, and a slight floral hop touch. Smells really good. Caramel comes to the front as it warms.

Toffee, dark fruits, clove, and a peppery bitterness at the end. A touch earthy and dirt taste (not as bad as it sounds).

Syrupy with fairly low carbonation. Just a touch thin

I like this beer. Enjoyed the full glass, but that funky bitterness at the end becomes a touch overwhelming. Definitely worth a try, but I'm not drinking more than one in a sitting.

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is that of an average amber, nice red hough highlighted around the edges. Nice pillow of pale yellow/ white head that fades quikly to just more than lacing.

Smell has soft hop note with some citrus, spice, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is heavy as expected but fairly smooth. Too much carbontaion for my liking but for the style it's good but sticky.

Taste finds itself meandering around my tongue and mouth. Creamy mellow base of yeast, vanilla, and spice split between a slight hop citrus bitterness.

Photo of Murchmac
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amberish red

Smells a festive almost squash/pumpkin smell.

A tasty warm malt, warm hops, low key alcohol taste.

A hearty sweet malty, spiced up holiday beer.

I love that Avery can brew this holiday beer. I am slowly gaining more and more respect for Avery brewery.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent reddish chestnut with 3 fingers of tan colored head. Average lacing & good head retention

S: Fruitty (cherries & dates) & bready

T: Cakey with brown sugar & dryness upfront. Leafy hops & a bit of booze as this warms. Finishes with caramel, treacle, more leafy hops, more dryness & just a whisper of brown sugar

MF: Chewy with low/moderate carbonation

Drinks really good for the abv, makes me wish for some roast pork or goose. I do think the dryness would get to me before the abv,

Photo of brantadid
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown color into a pint glass with next to no head. A little white foam appeared around the edge of the glass.

Not a very pungent nose. Faint hops, maybe some carmel and holiday spices. Like nutmeg maybe, but it is very faint.

The flavor is both hoppy and malty. Carmel flavor is more apparent. The holiday spices are present in the flavor. This is a nice winter beer. It is almost a shame I drink it on October 23th and it was 80 degrees.

Slightly watery mouthfeel, and oddly enough, as the beer warmed, it became more creamy.

I really liked this beer. Nothing really stands out, but nothing really detracts from it either. It is solid and enjoyable.

Photo of genog
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Z Cucina with Adam Avery. It was an amazing evening of pairing delicious food with two amazing beers at each course.

Pours a rich brownish, red color with a nice frothy off white head. Smell is sweet, with a bready, doughy type aroma too. Sweet caramel malt as well. Taste is dried, fruits, and some viney grape flavors. A little watery, with some light carbonation.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery calls this an English Strong Ale. Here it be known as Winter Warmer. Either way, the moderately chilled, thick mahogany liquid currently gracing my snifter has already begun to hypnotize this writer with its charm.

This brawny beverage is already showing three times the character of the Russian Imperial Stout that last filled this snifter's bowl and we have yet to get started.

Mad chewy.

I could stop the review right there. That two-word declaration sums up the character of this beer to a T. However, the huge presence of the body simply serves as a carrier for all sorts of other good stuff.

At first whiff I could almost be certain that this beer is brewed with juniper berry additions. Avery assures us that this is not the case. They would tell us that the flavors in this beer are derived from a mash of 5 types of grain and from Bullion hops and yeast. (Oh and let's not forget the all important "Rocky Mountain water".)

In taste and bouquet we find the apparitional juniper berries paired with a bundle of musty fall fruits. Cinnamon and ginger; leather and clover; brown sugar and butter, all of these are also in attendance without genuinely being present.

A big brown maltiness envelops all of this and holds the spicy alcohol flavors in balance. Wrapped up deep with in this beer is a barely discernable metallic-ness.

Drinkable and enjoyable even when the weather hasn't yet turned cold. Avery pleases once again.

Photo of Floydster
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle from Hollingshead's in Orange during their Christmas in July celebration

Very dark with a sweet chocolately smell

Not my favorite of Avery's beers, but then again all their beer is good

Very strong and thick which makes it harder to drink than most other winter beers

Aged well with the seven or eight months it has been in the bottle

Worth checking out!

Photo of hellcatsjg
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Good three fingers of head which drops down to about 1/2 fingers worth. Decent looking beer.

Smell: Lots of caramel. A bit of spice, coffee, and chocolates.

Taste: Sweet malty flavor in the front of each sip. Slowly gives way to a mild spicy flavor that comes at the end and sticks around for a while. Sweetness and spicyness improve as the beer warms. There is also a bit of alcohol warmth that increases as the temperature rises as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. What you would expect.

Drinkability: Perhaps not the most drinkable on a 90 degree day, but this would improve come fall and winter. Would not want another on a hot night, should come back to review this winter to see if this changes. Good beer, just not a good hot summer night brew.

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a good white, almost silvery tan head.

S: The smell is enticing, with a lot of malt sweetness, and a hint of holiday spices. Smells a lot like a holiday oven filled with baked goods.

T: Very good, big malt notes upfront, I don't think this ale is spiced, but there are definitely some nutmeg and ginger notes, probably from the malt complexity though. Can't taste much in the way of hops, though there is a slightly stannic quality about the beer, maybe this is a hop effect, I am not sure.

M: Smooth, slightly viscous and syrupy, but not cloying.

D: Another good Winter Warmer, I enjoyed it even though it is 80 degrees out here everyday on the coast, one of Avery's better brews in my opinion.

Photo of billybob
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown color with a one inch light tan head that holds well and a good amount of lacing. fresh coffee smell along with some fruity notes. taste, again fresh brewed mild coffee with ripe fruit in the background some kind of melon maybe? also slightly sweet tasting. mouthfeel is light, very smooth, and light to medium carbonation. overall a nice fall, winter very drinkable beer.

Photo of Blupoet03
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours brown with a foamy tan head to a pint glass. It smells of roasted malt and hips with a whiff of both toffee and yeast.

The taste is complex, giving tones of coffee maltiness, a pleasant bitterness, and sweetness on the tail. Mouth feel is prickly and tart.

Overall, it is a very peasant blend of flavors, and I can imagine it tasting great in the winter, but since the pint glass I was drinking from was sweating profusely, I wont comment too much on the seasonality of it.

I did feel that it was perfect in terms of drinkability. I was commenting that it must be a lower alcohol, thinking of an English Bitter, allowing you to drink several in a short amount of time - but was wrong. I still think you could easily drink several of these in a night, but you will be feeling it!

Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

OK, I just bought some of this on close out - half price (it's July). It had not been kept cold all the time. This does not seem to have damaged the brew. Not much smell. Pretty dark. Good taste, mouthfeel and drinkability (but you can tell that if you have more than 3 or 4 you will have to pay the piper). SInce it is July, I'm glad it's not flavored, but around the holidays, I do like something with a little special flavor, which this does not have - it's just a nice, well-balanced, slightly malty strong ale.

Drinking a fresh one in 2011, it is not as well behaved on the mouthfeel. The taste also is a bit harsh, needing mellowing, so aging a few months apparently helps. It smells much better, though - a 4+.

Photo of gmfessen
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a dark amber-brown color with a thin, creamy-looking head. Beer has a sweet malty presence with vanilla and caramel notes. Smells like candy. The taste is also quite sweet, there is an amber/caramel maltyness and the alcohol is pretty well covered. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly creamy finish. Drinkability is decent, not a quaffer though.

Photo of Cascadia
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good color and appearance, nice dark brown with decent retention. Smells malty with a burning alcohol finish. Tastes more balenced than I thought it would, good strong bitterness to match the malts and carmel notes. Good mouthfeel and clean, dry finish. Good solid winter warmer and a nice change up to the usual Jubales I've been drinking. Avery is turning out good, consistant brews.

Cheers!

Photo of Contra
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend recommended this as we were beer shopping, so I decided to try it. Glad I did.

Old Jubilation pours out into monstrous head, which eventually turns into uneven foam. Very dark brown, darker than maple syrup. The flavor is robust - reminds me of roasted chestnuts. I'm sure some of that might be the artwork on the label, but it has that smoked taste that is perfect for the style. Very bourbon-like, but nowhere near as overpowering. Still, at 8% abv, this is no light-weight.

Overall, this is a nice change from what I'm used to. Nothing too unusual, mind you, but nice malty beer.

Photo of BeerZack
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogony with nice tan head.

Smells sweet and of dark fruit; cherries and dates.

On the palatte I notice roasted coffee, some caramel and toffee flavors with a good hop finish.

There is a nice soft mouthfeel to this warming brew. This is a good winter warmer, tastes like an Amber Imp Stout maybe, to throw words together.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been sitting I my fridge since it was seasonal. I’d better get to it…

This beer pours a rich, brown and burgundy color with a nice frothed milk tan head.

I’m enticed by the wholesome sweetness of the smell. There are definitely gingersnaps and molasses cookies here, heavy on the ginger, with a peach, honey pastries (baklava?) and caramel sweetness beneath. Green grapes too? It goes on and on. Truly a pleasure.

The flavor starts similar to the smell but is oriented more around the green grape and caramel along with a big sticky barley. The ginger is missing. It then transitions into a smoky coffee that caught me off guard. This did help the beer finish a lot more cleanly that expected.

Feels only slightly viscous but surprisingly clean. The carbonation is an afterthought off in the distance. Again, I’m impressed by how clean this feels.

Nice. I regret not opening this one sooner.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.